Free sewing patterns

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Lace shrug

A pretty variation on the Sew Simple Shrug pattern. Great to make in a stretch lace for a light cover up over a pretty or strapless dress.

Cross My Heart Dress

This dress has crossover pleated drapes from the shoulders that are caught into the side seams just under the arms. It creates a modest v-neckline and frames the face, hanging loose from the bust to emphasise the smaller waist. It’s certainly unique! Plus, its a very quick and simple sew. Bonus!

Cross over top

This is a pattern hack exercise that provides you with a custom fit pattern for this crossover top, and also teaches you a lot of new pattern drafting skills along the way. Using the On A Roll T-shirt pattern as the basis for this top, shows you how to change the shape and style to suit you. Really useful fitting skills to learn.

Sew a Simple Shrug

The free sewing pattern for January is the Sew A So Simple Shrug – try saying that quickly! It’s a bit of a tongue-twister. But honestly, that’s the most difficult part right there. The free shrug pattern looks pretty funky when you look at the pattern. It’s just one piece and hard to make out what it’s going to become. But the sewing is really quick and easy and you’ll be carrying this one around with you as Winter turns to Spring.

Color block skirt

Here’s a simple free skirt pattern for a skirt with shaped seams front and back, flattering side panels and a nice comfy fit. Make this skirt all in the one color for a classic knit straight skirt or use the seams to create a color block effect. Be more traditional with the solid or dark panels on the outside, or go crazy with print!

The Wear Everywhere Skirt

Everyone needs a wardrobe of good basic skirts. Ones you can wear every day or for lots of different occasions. This Wear Everywhere Skirt fits the bill perfectly. A classic straight skirt with a single inverted pleat center front, makes this skirt easy to wear, ideal for the office, working, shopping, the school run – in fact, anywhere and everywhere. Once you’ve got a great fit on this skirt, mark up your pattern because it’s a quick and easy sew you’ll want to make again and again.

Half-circle wrap skirt

This is a cute skirt that's easy to sew. It's another of my 'custom-fit' patterns, which means I'll show you how to create your own pattern for this skirt which will fit you exactly as you want it. The half-circle shape gives it nice flounce and movement while the wide wrap over prevents any unintentional flashing! You'll reach for this skirt again and again. Make it a flirty mini or a warm and cozy calf length - it's your custom pattern!

Wrap top

The Wrap Top is loosely based on the original Wrap Dress pattern that has been downloaded thousands of times and been the most popular pattern on the site so far. This ‘It’s a Wrap’ top has taken some of the best elements of that dress and turned it into a blouse with a few variations that I think you’ll like.

Zipper top tote bag

Stylish and practical, with ready made handles and plenty of pockets inside and out to keep you organised. Has an exposed zipper fastening across the top to give it a sporty look, and optional hardware give it a professional finish.

The perfect maxi skirt?

How to draft an ideal full length maxi skirt based off your own measurements. Slim and fitted enough to be flattering, but wide enough at the bottom so you can take proper strides and climb steps. This low volume maxi skirt looks great on all figure types.

30 minute skirt

A free pattern to download plus instructions on how you can make your own custom fit pattern too. A quick and easy sew can give you a wardrobe of skirt options depending on length and on fabric choices. Wear it short and sassy in a bold print for the summer, classic and elegant longer length in black for the office.

Gathered summer skirt

Summer is here at last. For some of us it lasts longer than others, but whether it’s a trip to the beach, a picnic, shopping with the girls or a day sailing, you’ll still need to look cute and summery. The design for this skirt was copied from a Ready To Wear skirt I already owned and loved. I think it has the perfect ratio of gathers to length and with the elastic waist, is comfy and casual. I think you’ll love it too. Pick your fabric and design carefully and it will become your go-to skirt for summer.

Two become One Dress

Need a comfy every day dress? One that looks good no matter where you go, and one that can take on the look of separates or be sewn in the same fabric throughout? Then the Two Become One Dress is for you. I became fascinated with this style of dress just recently. I love the casual look, like a t-shirt and a skirt, but without the fuss of having to make sure both matching pieces are clean and ironed at the same time (lazy I know). Now I can just grab it off the hanger, slip it over my head and rush on out – anywhere.

Expanding Nautical Tote Bag

Want to keep everything ship-shape as you go to the beach or the pool?  This handy tote bag has lots of great features and optional extras to keep your organised.  It also has a handy expanding feature to keep the bag trim when you don’t carry much, and expand it out when you have enough ‘stuff’ for the kids too.

Waterfall top

I LOVE this top and can't stop smiling when I wear it. With ruching down both sides and a full length flounce, its really fun to wear - yet SO easy to sew. Instructions to fit any size, and the shoulder strap is optional. This really is the ideal top for summer and looks great as a beach cover up or with pants for eating out on the waterfront in the evening.

On a Roll T-Shirt pattern

It’s time for a wardrobe basic and a shirt you’ll want to sew time and time again. Out with the ball gowns, and in with the real clothes for real women! This is one where you can sew what you actually wear everyday. Featuring a choice of 3 sleeve lengths and a roll-over wide neck, this t-shirt is versatile and casual. But make it in something slinky or shimmery for a night out too.

Make It Yours Clutch Bag Pattern

A simple one piece only pattern that folds ingeniously while sewn to create a basic clutch purse. Pattern available in two slightly different sizes. Make the purse plain with some top stitching around the flap, add some piping, add decorations, ribbon, flowers or embroidery to the flap or body of the bag. Add internal pockets or a strap. It’s all up to you – make the bag and then Make it Yours with this free clutch bag pattern!
Sewing Contest - win great prizes for sewing this bag!

Wear Everywhere Easy Knit Dress

The free dress pattern this month is a super simple, easy dress pattern for the ‘Wear Everywhere Dress’. Made for knit fabrics with a moderate stretch, this dress has just two pattern pieces, the sleeves are already built in and its easy to fit to your shape. A perfect beginner sewing pattern. Plus – this dress is so versatile – dress it up, dress it down, dress it smart or casual. It all depends on your fabric choices and accessories.

Gathered front top

New Year, new you they say! I’ve just taken up Yoga and wanted to sew some simple exercise wear, and in so doing not only did I create a great fitted top for wearing to the gym, but also a great top to wear everyday. Make it a size smaller for a fitted finish for exercise wear, as the red version, or make the next size up for a looser fit for wearing to work. Looks great under a jacket.
Easy to sew sleeveless top with princess seams front and back and a gathered front bodice on one side. Front panel is reversible so you can choose to have the gathers on either side, or make one of each!

Little Black party dress

Party season is coming! It’s time to think about what you’ll wear for the holiday season this year. Want to wow them at the office party? Then you’ll need something ‘on-trend’ and with lace, one-shoulder and asymmetrical dresses all being in fashion, I’ve combined to create a free little black dress pattern that I think is a winner.

Custom fit leggings

This tutorial will show you how to easily draft your own custom fit leggings pattern and my unique spreadsheet will make drawing your pattern easy. This is a quick and easy sew and once you have your pattern to keep, you can run up a new pair of leggings whenever you like in whatever fabric you like.

Wrap dress

The latest free sewing pattern from So Sew Easy is this cute wrap dress pattern. The front has a cross-over bodice with pleats, there’s a straight skirt and an optional elastic waist, with a matching tie belt. Only the bodice wraps over leaving you safe from embarrassing wardrobe malfunction that can happen with wrap skirts. In sizes small to extra large, easy to sew, and really flattering and comfortable to wear. You'll love this dress!

Twist Front T-shirt

The latest sewing pattern from So Sew Easy is a free t-shirt pattern for the Twist Front Top. It’s a sexy halter top that can also be a dress if you’d like to extend it. Designed for knit fabrics, this top crosses over at the front and the little keyhole at the front gives an interesting look while still actually being modest with full high coverage. The design is double thickness at the top front and back to give extra support if you need it, or for modesty if it turns chilly!

Sew a Skirt beginners tutorial series

Join me in this sewing tutorial series where will we cover everything needed to design and sew your first lined skirt. From choosing fabric, drafting your own custom pattern, to marking and sewing the perfect darts, inserting an invisible zipper, an all-machine lining and different hem finishes.

Easy Summer Dress

Easy summer dress pattern using a knit fabric and with different strap options. Multi-size pattern in small, medium and large with instruction for increasing or decreasing size. Dress has a ruched bust-line on the outside, supported on the inside with a second layer of unruched fabric. Empire waist gently skims over the hips for a flattering fit. Can be any length, above or below knee, mini or cut off at hips for a tunic.

Summer Drape Top

Designed for softly draping knit fabrics, this blouse is easy to make, flattering, cool and strappy, with tummy covering draping and a rounded hemline in the front.  And I’ve made it with wide enough straps that you should be able to wear a bra with only minimal straps peaking through at the back.  The Summer Drape Top comes in a one-size fits most design.  The pattern is free to download and can be made from less than one yard of fabric.  Great for a beach cover up too, over a bikini top.

30 Minute Easy Skirt

I simply cannot believe this was SO EASY!  If you want an easy to make and easy to wear skirt that’s flattering, and so cheap to make then read on because this post is for YOU.  It took just minutes to make and I assure you anyone can do it.  Too tight for you?  Too short?  Too long?  You can make this skirt just how you like it, then you can make another and another, and all before breakfast.  Read on….

Draft your own pencil skirt sloper

Step by step for how and where to measure, and how to draw your own pencil skirt sloper pattern.  This perfect fit pattern then becomes your basis for skirt variations   You can have a whole wardrobe of perfect fit, quick to sew skirts from this one basic pattern.  Find out how.

Cheeky panties !

Free pattern and step by step photo tutorial for how to sew your own lacey undies. Just very simple shapes, a few simple seams, and your custom undies are ready to wear. So much more affordable than the store bought ones. Do give this a try!

Double layer chiffon blouse

Thank you for all of the comments on my recent post - Self drafted halter neck chiffon blouse.  Several visitors asked for a tutorial, and I am happy to oblige.  I've made the blouse again in a different fabric - this time a lovely blue and cream chiffon with embroidery and sequins.  Swanky!  Along the way, I took plenty of pictures and have written notes to share.  Full step by step for measuring yourself, drawing the pattern and sewing the blouse.  Also available as a PDF download to save.

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You’ll find lots more free sewing patterns and projects on these pages.


  So Sew Easy - huge list of free dress patterns with photos and links Free skirt sewing patterns Free lingerie sewing patterns plus swim suits and night wear. Features a photo of each - click the photo to go to the free sewing pattern. From So Sew Easy.
So Sew Easy: A Gazillion FREE Sewing Patterns The pinkest, cutest, most covered in hearts ideas to sew for Valentines Sewing Projects. Halloween Sewing Projects. From spooky to cutey, over 50 Halloween sewing projects.
50 Spring and Easter Sewing Ideas and projects. Chicks, bunnies, flowers, eggs and more. Thanksgiving sewing projects. Want to go turkey crazy? Sewing projects for fall and Thanksgiving. Easy sewing projects for beginners. New to sewing? Find great starter projects here including bags, accessories, clothing, home decor, seasonal and more. From So Sew Easy.
Mothers Day Sewing ideas for men and gifts for Fathers Day to sew.. I can see my Dad liking some of these. 35+ ideas for Back to School sewing projects. Bags of course, plus lots more.
Great variety of all sorts of zipper pouches and pencil cases including some really interesting ideas More than 50 Halloween sewing ideas for projects of all sorts. Some really original Thanksgiving sewing ideas I've not seen anywhere else. Plus links to lots more from previous years.
Sewing projects for pets. Lots of both fun and practical ideas here for animal lovers. 30 + fun and easy sewing projects for kids of all ages. I'm going to teach my niece some of these. Nice selection of baby shower gifts to sew, and baby essentials to make.
20+ book-related sewing ideas for National Book Month Just the best free messenger bag patterns, for kids and grown ups. Good to see some for men too. Awesome collection of free diaper bag patterns and tutorials. I'm going to mix and match features to get my perfect diaper bag.
More than 30 sewing patterns, tutorials and inspiration for Easter Bunnies to sew. 25 of the best and most ingenious clothing refashion ideas - for Clean out your Closet Week. I'm inspired!

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Find the Top 20 FREE patterns on Craftsy. – free patterns for clothing, accessories, home, bags, tutorials and more

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30 Responses to Free sewing patterns

  1. Liz T. says:

    Thank you for contacting me by email after I downloaded your craftsy free pattern, as I didn’t know you have such a fab website and you look awesome modeling your stylish creations!

  2. Janie says:

    Thank you for your creativity!

  3. vi says:

    I have gotten a couple of your free patterns and love them. I want to get a third one but they won’t accept my password I’ve tried resetting and it still won’t except. This is thru Craftsy

  4. mom2pekes2 says:

    Deby and Debbeg: In reference to using the onion skin material: if it is as sheer and light weight [as I am thinking about] consider a breezy scarf or hair tie to accessorize your new top. If you quilt: it can always be used over a darker color in the quilting pieces to create a waterfall effect. I too came (or rather came back) to sewing after working outside the home also full-time. Now retired/disabled I am attempting to teach myself quilting along with sewing clothing patterns using knit material. Knit material was not something one actually sewed with in the 60′s unless they were highly skilled. I recently bought a Brother serger to aid my quest in knit sewing. Now I only need to learn how to sew on it along with improving my sewing skills on the computerized sewing machine purchased a few years ago and barely used until… well until. I do not lack ideas – only initiative.
    Deby: You really impress me with learning or teaching yourself more than simple basics with such determination. You rock girl!

  5. bonnie says:

    Thank you for the free patterns. I just bought a sewing machine, I haven’t sewn since home-ec class in jhs back in the 70′s.
    Do you have a pattern for a mod style dress that is sleeveless?
    I can’t wait to try your 30 minute skirt
    Thank you

  6. Joan Mathew says:

    Hi Deby; Where can I find the pattern or tutorial for the cowl dress that is so lovely on you. Been trying to get it in my cart.


    • Deby Coles says:

      Do you mean this dress Joan? If so, you can click on the link at the start of the second parargraph, right near the top, and it will take you to the pattern on Burda. However its only in one size, so you’ll need to change it to fit.

  7. Debbeg says:

    Hi Deby. Have a question for you. I just got some sheer onionskin fabric from Didn’t know what I was buying and was pleasantly surprised. But the question is, what to do with it? I’ve been looking at your free dress patterns. It would probably need lining. Wondered if you had any suggestions. lining makes me nervous. Doubles the chance I’ll screw up. I also bought 2 yards of ponte de roma fabric. I think that would work great for wrap or easy knit dress. Just thought I’d see if you had any ideas for me. Thanks!

    • Deby Coles says:

      I once bought some onionskin too, not expecting it to be quite as light and sheer as it was. Mine was really only a little sheer if you held it up to the light. I made a gathered top. The gathers help hide that its a little sheer (and I’m not too shy about it), but yes, otherwise it would need some kind of lining and I’m not a big fan of lining knits, too much puckering, pulling etc unless they have both the same stretch and weight. I think you might try using it with an underlining. So baste the knit together with a light tricot lining for each pattern piece and then sew them as one, like I did with the lace overlay on my little black dress. OR, just go with it, make something light, loose and floaty and wear it with a cami underneath.

      • Debbeg says:

        Thanks Deby. It never occurred to me that I could baste the lining to the fabric to create the lining. Thank you for that lightbulb moment! I am learning as I go by reading blogs like yours. I saw your top and am thinking about doing that. Trouble is I bought 2 yards and feel like I’m wasting what I don’t use. I don’t know if that’s a normal concern for people but it is for me. I am thinking I might do your last suggestion – either as a loose flowy top or maybe even a kimono. Thanks for your ideas!

  8. Lindy McCann says:

    Hello Deby,, my name lindy I am new to sewing, well actually did sewing in my late teenage years at high school and lost interest.
    I purchased a new machine nearly 12 months ago, after my mothers machine needed a very expensive repair.
    Not long ago I purchased chiffon material and cotton material to make a nice top, I had received a chiffon top for Christmas a couple of years ago and wear it constantly in the summer months
    Went online and found your great site on how you sew your own clothing, just what I want to do also.
    Would I be able to get your free patterns of sewing chiffon tops please.

  9. Mary Ann Wilkinson says:

    It is a very interesting site.

  10. Aless White says:

    Deby,I had to tell you what a laugh your ‘Failures’ column gave me! I have dreams like that too-make PERFECT sense at the time…..

  11. Red says:

    Deby your pencil skirt pattern is the best!!! I love to wear skirts like this in the summer. Can I make a high-waisted midi by adapting this pattern? To make it a high waisted skirt should I move the waist measurement up or add a second measurement? I know how to make an open or closed kick pleat for a longer skirt!
    Thank you

    • Deby Coles says:

      I’ve never drafted a high waisted skirt but have read a little about it. You’ll need to take another measurement up by your rib cage where you want the top of the skirt to end, and then you make those waist darts double ended, so they taper at the top as well as the bottom to give the skirt the cinched in shape at the waist and then the extra room you need above the waist. I always loved the look – maybe I should add this to my ever expanding to do list. make a great pattern hack for the basic sloper pattern.

  12. Sharon Stein says:

    Deby, I save all your posts to a folder. As soon as I see a new post, I stop to read it thoroughly. My husband printed the pattern of the knit ..everywhere dress, and I can’t wait to get at it! when I first began to follow you, I made the straight skirt, pattern drafting sloper.I was very intrigued to think I could draft my own pattern,etc. I made ten skirts that summer, and they fit so well, and go everywhere! Thank you so very much for all the things that you do. You are so generous to share all this with all of us. I can’t pass a fabric store, or an artist supply store without getting some more goodies . So I sew and paint, to express my creativity and have a great time. It really is so much fun. I tried to learn how to sew as a teenager , oh my what a mess. I guess I wasn’t ready. But I did learn, and now am somewhat accomplished. You certainly have helped! Thank you again, over and over.

    • Deby Coles says:

      Wow Sharon, 10 skirts! That’s great. Thank you so much for leaving such a lovely comment to let me know you are following along and enjoy what I post. It means a lot to me. I dropped over to take a look at your site – and WOW! Those paintings are amazing. You are one seriously talented lady.

  13. Beth says:

    I’m so excited about the clutch contest, I need to make a bag to go with the wrap dress I made from your free pattern. It was my first time working with knits and making a dress. It passed the true test of a nice dress, hubby loved it on me lol. Thanks Deby

    • Deby Coles says:

      That is great to hear Beth. Passing the hubby test is tough indeed, I know because my own is my worst critic when it comes to my sewing. I’m excited to see what you sew and how you use the bag pattern. Thank you for writing.

  14. princesse says:

    Hi this link might help Martha that left you a comment before…love your site and your patterns…thank you…

  15. Martha Wank says:

    Do you have patterns for Surgery scrub caps!

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